Alejandro Garnacho praised for his performance after leading Manchester United to FA Youth Cup
Alejandro Garnacho scored his 18th and 19th goals of the season to fire Manchester United to win the FA Youth Cup.
Garnacho’s brace followed up Rhys Bennett’s opener, which Forest had levelled, with United winning the game 3-1.
The Argentina international celebrated with a Cristiano Ronaldo Siuu celebration, in tribute to his teammate and idol.
Nottingham Forest had done well to contain Garnacho in the first half, with both of his efforts from long range.
He kept going, winning the penalty which he scored, and while it was very fortunate as the foul looked to be outside the box, his quick movement forced the defender into making a foul, which in turn led to the referee’s decision.
Garnacho dispatched the penalty calmly, before scoring another goal from open play in injury time to seal the victory.
Alejandro Garnacho praised
Former Manchester United youngster Febian Brandy was in the MUTV studio and he talked about what made Garnacho so difficult to deal with.
He remarked how Garnacho just has something extra to his game, and that even though Forest did their best to try and stop him getting to the ball, he still found a way to get involved.
Brandy said: “He kept showing for the ball. He’s got a third, fourth, fifth gear when defender don’t expect it.
“Hes got a big future in football, if he does everything right hes got a very good chance.”
Garnacho’s extra gear has been evident through United’s FA Youth Cup run this season, with late goals throughout the tournament. As other players tire, he keeps going, and his pace and fitness bear fruit.
Garnacho has the perfect idol to learn from in Ronaldo, and he has also trained with Lionel Messi for Argentina too.
A potential superstar is being created, and while there are always pitfalls of ‘too much too soon’, United will do their best to keep Garnacho’s quick feet on the ground.
But as we have seen this season, it is going to be hard to hold him back. United had intended to give him the extra year with the under-18s, and while he did this, he managed to end the season as the under-23s biggest attacking weapon, and also make his first team debut.
He will be with the first team for pre-season under new boss Erik ten Hag, and try to impress him. It’s likely he is already on the Dutchman’s radar.